Billy McFarland Tweets “Tell Me Why You Should Be Invited” to Fyre Festival II

The convicted felon, who was released from prison last year, says he has big plans.

Fool you once, shame on Billy McFarland. Fool you twice, shame on you. The disgraced entrepreneur is pushing the envelope on Fyregate after spending four years in jail for swindling $26 million from over 100 investors in the ill-fated 2017 Fyre Festival.

It’s been a year since the former jailbird left federal prison and he’s got his eyes set on his next big thing: Fyre Festival II.

Yeah, you read that right. McFarland is asking for a second chance.

For those of you who don’t remember, Fyre Festival was promised to be this larger-than-life two-weekend music festival. McFarland’s faux advertising claimed it would take place on a private beach in the Bahamas with luxurious accommodations and amenities. Tickets were going for upwards of $75,000 and McFarland even tapped celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, and Hailey Bieber to promote the festival.

In addition to rapper Ja Rule, who helped cofound Fyre Festival, attendees were promised performances by Blink-182, Pusha T, and Lil Yachty. But all of it was a lie.

Attendees quickly took to social media documenting their supposedly luxe vacay, which according to the BBC, included “rain-soaked mattresses in disaster tents and their luggage dumped in an unlit car-park.”

McFarland pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in prison. Additionally, he agreed “to never serve as the director of a public company again,” per Business Insider.

Four years into his sentence, he was released and now he’s cooking up ideas for Fyre Festival II.

“Fyre Festival II is finally happening,” McFarland tweeted on Easter Sunday, adding, “Tell me why you should be invited.”

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His tweet has since racked up 2.2 million views. Based on one comment exchange in which someone tweeted, “Because I’m not Ja Rule,” and McFarland responded, “You’re in,” it appears the “Always on Time” rapper will not be invited.

Perhaps McFarland’s friend and fellow scam artist Anna Delvey will make an appearance though.

No official details regarding McFarland’s plans for Fyre Festival II have been announced yet.

Emily Weaver
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